BLOGGING
PODCASTING
BECOME A YOUTUBER
BLOGGING (because newspapers are so last decade!)
One of the strongest types of teenage communication is blogging. Blogging is particularly powerful for teenagers who might be isolated or not have access to the media or be particularly well connected to networks.

Those who find it difficult to broadcast their messages and voice to a wider audience have typed some of the most influential teen blogs. Because all you need in this regard is a laptop / smartphone and the platform of your choice.

Blogging through the eyes of a person with direct experience provides a rare glimpse into uncharted worlds, which can be different circumstances in different countries, with different levels of life or unusual hobbies. In addition, social media and online mode empower everyone to get involved and actively participate in solving essential social issues.
Blogging also helps build communities around issues and campaigns, while successful blogs, especially for young people, can be a powerful and compelling way to establish networks, find friends, and build awareness towards many issues.

Certain issues are particularly popular with the blogging community (fashion, makeup, mental health), and this is a rather crowded arena in which competition for limited attention spans! However, there is plenty of room for new voices and interesting questions and views. In particular, it relates to those parts of the world that are cut off from the mainstream or may face challenges completely unknown to young people from other parts of the world.

This is precisely the feature of "ignorance" that is critical to creating a blog with a wide range of readers. Because one of the greatest assets of the Internet is the ability to relive the experience of others. Indeed, people will read what they are interested in and what inspires them, but they also enjoy reading thought-provoking blogs, full of drama and human experiences! As a result, young people with an unusual history can look forward to a 'warm welcome' in the blogger community because they have a unique point of view.
UKRAINIAN BLOG:
SUCCESSFUL ACTIVISTS BLOGS IN THE WORLD:
The Key Ingredients of blogging... "Meat and potatoes" in blogging is that you have something to say and do it in a fun way.
1. CHOOSE THE BLOGGING PLATFORM:
There are millions of options to choose from - here are some of the good ones:
By far, the most influential blogs are those based on personal experiences written in a heartfelt manner.

If you have had any experience with ageism (discrimination on the basis of your age), write about it.
If you have ever faced bullying (such as harassment and prejudice at school), write about it.
If you have experienced a rather unusual or strange period in your life - write about it!

Fiction writers usually have a good imagination, but often rely on real-world experiences or write about others to convey true emotions. There is no substitute for what you have seen / heard / experienced if you want your webpage to genuinely stand out.
Tilda
Wordpress
Wix
Readymag
Tumblr
Medium
Squarespace
You can also start blogging on Facebook or Instagram.
2. DEFINE YOUR TOPIC:
3. CREATE AN INTERESTING TITLE:
The name of your blog is really important. It should be vivid and related to the topic of discussion, and one that is easy to remember. It's even more interesting if the blog title has a question, a joke or a pun in it.

A joke that is understandable to a certain circle may seem like a good idea for the title, but it may not work for the general public who may fail to catch it. So make sure it is really clear. And most importantly, do not name the blog so that you will be ashamed in front of your mother / grandmother / teacher if they see it!
A well-structured blog post will attract readers' attention. How to accomplish it?
4. WRITE AND STRUCTURE:
Give the title of a blog post that would attract readers' attention. This is the first thing that will catch their eye and help to decide whether it is interesting to read further or not.
Capture the main point in the first paragraph. This is the first thing readers see, and it is this part that will make them read further.
Provide the details in the following paragraphs of the text.
Finally, at the last part of the post, add general information and, if required, a name.
5. FOLLOW THE STYLE
Try to write in a friendly and informal manner. Keep a first-person narrative and relate to your life experiences. Remember that open-minded young people and their lives can be just as / more interesting than those belonging to a professional journalist! Think about your readers and what they can learn from your experience.
It's always better to write about what you know and admire. You can choose one topic of interest and develop it weekly, or write about something different - blogs on broad topics receive the best feedback.
6. PICK "KINDRED" TOPICS:
Reflections. What did you do / see / feel / experience this week? Readers respond especially well to personal stories with details, and photos generally do wonders!
Recommendations for articles, books, websites you have read and become interested in.
Recalling the projects you participated in, for example, in practical studies, school magazines, dramatic productions, etc. You can describe the project and its goals, as well as how it has helped you / your peers, what you have learned about the project, what the next steps will be and more.
Useful tips (life-hacks) applied in your daily life. For example: advice on food, mental health, relaxation techniques, inspired music, people, or places...
Drive the point home: Describe more, characterise less. For example, instead of saying what you thought was extraordinary, try explaining why you liked something and what you made of it.
Try to put questions to your reader and ask them to respond to what you have written (see managing comments).
Always be polite, respect other cultures and beliefs, and be informative.
Reports from where you stay. Explain to readers where you are by providing context through photos, descriptions, maps, landmarks, or videos.
WHAT YOU SHOULD STEER CLEAR FROM?
Always try to refrain from negativity. If you don't like something, it is best avoid writing about it.
TO COMMENT OR NOT TO COMMENT?
This is one of the most controversial aspects of blogging. Commenting catches up with traffic and audience, but at the same time makes things more complicated.

If you are addressing a controversial topic or a topic that has polar differences of opinion, you will most likely end up with a bunch of angry, overly emotional or even offensive comments.

Ask yourself if traffic in the comments section is worth the effort of moderating this process. It is, however, up to you to decide which option you choose!
It is important to ask questions, but do not try to force your beliefs on others.
Do not include links to commercial sites and resources.
Do not include links to inappropriate material.
Never provide real names, places, addresses or contact information.
How do I create my blog?
The hardest thing to do is turn tedium into fun.
Take something you have done this week (gone to the supermarket, taken a biology class, etc.).
Write about your experience in the most dramatic way that you can, in the manner / style / language of military reporting or serious journalism.
Describe what you have seen, heard, your emotions, feelings, etc.
PODCASTING… (Because radio has DIED!)
Podcasting is another way in which young people have turned tables on classic media and found places and platforms to speak without asking for consent from major media companies.

Podcasts have become a major source of information for young people, and as media, they do their best to overtake and later replace the radio in the wider digital world.

As with blogging, the advantage of podcasting is that you do not have to get an order from the editor to get your voice heard. Podcasting also works great for groups or communities that have been ignored or marginalized classic media.

However, the strengths of the podcast are the ability to tell a great story. The most popular podcasts create fascinating stories: be it fiction, or documentary / crime / mysteries / comedies / sex / politics / mental health / education / language or news.
THE MOST SUCCESSFUL PODCASTS IN THE WORLD:
UKRAINIAN PODCASTS:
Acoustics of Shadows. Journalist and writer Ivanna Shkromyda simply talks about writers' biographies and various artistic trends
Grief. Vasyl Kolisnyk, actor of the theatre named after Les Kurbas calls his podcast the saddest offline radio in Ukraine. He talks about sadness in a melancholy voice, and invites listeners to plunge into the boundless world of grief.
Want to create your own podcast?
START LOW, GO SLOW
Turn your blog post into an informative script telling the story / explaining something / filling in a 40-minute span with fun that will not leave listeners a chance to resist coming back to you next week! Make a recording and edit it.
BASIC PODCAST INGREDIENTS:
Voice, microphone and recording device.
Processing equipment (if possible) when interviewing or compiling a story from different elements.
A clear, attention-grabbing voice of the presenter/anchor, or a genuine chemistry between presenters/anchors if there are more than one.
A fantastic story for sharing regardless whether it is a performance or a documentary.
A dynamic, well-researched topic of the material (to begin with).
Script: Podcasts without scripts do not really work. Although the interview does not need to be scripted, a plan of questions should be prepared beforehand.
Music / sound effects.
BECOME A YOUTUBER
There is a belief (especially among adults) that YouTube videos are stupid and frivolous.

Some of them indeed are, but there are millions of good ones who tell great stories to millions of different people, play a key role in various campaigns, feature cases of injustice, highlight happy and sad issues. They are works of art: either beautiful or horrible, funny or just amazing.

Generation Z is a generation storytelling through visual means just as the previous ones used to do it with words. Nowadays, every successful platform in the world uses visual or audio-visual content (video).

Telling a story, delivering a message, proving an opinion, or just showing yourself in a YouTube video is far more complicated than it might seem in such a crowded market.
WHAT YOU NEED TO BECOME A YOUTUBER?
Written records / planning materials.
Access to research / news sources.
Recording / editing equipment – a smartphone may do.
Display equipment – a laptop will suffice.
A group of people willing to work together.
A great idea.
Messages.
History.
Knowledge of social media and how to run viral content.
YOU WILL ALSO REQUIRE (optionally)
A good actor / singer / attention seeker.
TECHNIQUES TO USE IN A VIDEO
Storytelling
Interviews with heroes or between individuals
Experts
Reading
Editing / multimedia skills.
Subtleties of using memes.
Graphical interfaces.
Drawings
Famous persons.
Costumes.
Interesting location.
Shooting people / locations (upon consent)
Memes
Graphical user interfaces / hashtags
Poetry
Rap
Songs
Dancing
Animation elements
Games / gaming
Transformations
WANT TO BE A YOUTUBER TODAY?
Choose the specific task, message or idea you want to convey to the general public – the audience is up to you - and look at the suggested list or choose your own.

You have to make a movie within 3-6 minutes featuring the problem or the person you want to draw attention to in a creative, thoughtful and provocative way.

How you tell this story is up to you, but there are three main tasks:
POPULAR / IMPORTANT TOPICS TO BE DISCLOSED IN YOUR VIDEO (RECOMMENDATIONS)
Mental health
Nutrition problems (illness, healthy eating, obesity, etc.)
Homeless people / Poverty
Generation gap - equality of generations
Consent
Sexual harassment
Harassment / bullying on the street / security on the street
Environment
Post-conflict healing
Tell your story.
Make the message of your story clear. That is, when it comes to healthy eating, the viewer needs to be clear about the concept, even if it is told in a completely abstract or unusual way.
Create a video that will be noticed in a crowded market and, even better, if it goes viral.
Maintaining order
Gender identity
Education / equality of schools
Contemporary dating / relationships
Crime rate
Drugs / alcohol
Social media
Loneliness
Rich schools / poor schools